It’s Never as Easy as it Looks

When I started taking my practice tests for taking the theory test in preparation for getting my driving license, I was failing ALL of them - miserably. I believed it's because the translations from Spanish to English for each of the questions/answers is wonky. But I persevered, while complaining bitterly. Jeff listened to my complaints … Continue reading It’s Never as Easy as it Looks

No Passa Nada

I know some people who moved here after we did. They had been reading my blog and told me, on more than one occasion, ‘All we had to do was ask ourselves ‘What would Kelli do?’ and then do the exact opposite’. Sure, I’m pretty clear I’ve made some mistakes, but it’s all learning. That’s … Continue reading No Passa Nada

And Now We Wait

This morning I made my way to the Autoescula across town, where I have been taking my driving lessons. At 10 am we went to the starting ground for the practical driving exam. It was time. On a wall I saw 'Nunca sabras de lo que eres capaz hasta que lo intentes.' by Charles Dickens. … Continue reading And Now We Wait

Zen and the Art of Learning to Drive in Spain: ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’

I don't know much. But one thing I have learned after two driving lessons is that driving a stick is no big deal. Yup - only killed the engine once in an hour and a half, after stopping at a light and trying to start forward in 3rd gear. Another thing I learned is that … Continue reading Zen and the Art of Learning to Drive in Spain: ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’

The Sun Also Rises

Time smooths out the rough edges of memory. Sometimes it makes the past seem rosier than, perhaps, it really was. We are home from Ireland. We were excited to spend Christmas in New Years in weather that felt like so many holidays of the past. Especially all the years we spent in Seattle. And it … Continue reading The Sun Also Rises

You Got This

The first day on my Camino - walking out of St. Jean, in southern France at the foot of the Pyrenees, I had no idea what I was in for. I had not really trained. But within an hour it would be abundantly clear to me I was in over my head. I stood at … Continue reading You Got This

It was a dark and stormy night

Well, it was actually a dark and stormy afternoon. And it was the day that I realized the theme of this week should be 'The Appointment to Make the Appointment'. We hit the ground running this week.Our first annual medical exams since we've been here - actually, we were way past due before we left … Continue reading It was a dark and stormy night

It takes a Village

It's Christmas in October! Carol Joyner - you are amazing! Today, all the way from Spain's Northwest coast, a package arrived containing the English version of the Spanish driving regulations. And, as we all know, there are a lot of them as evidenced by the thickness of the tome of all things trafico. I'm taking … Continue reading It takes a Village

Teaching the Test

I'm all over this driving test thing. Every day I'm taking the actual Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) tests online. In the beginning, I was getting discouraged. I was successful somewhere in the 70% range and it was a morale killer. But I have persevered and now I'm either passing the actual tests or coming … Continue reading Teaching the Test